Dean of Environment's 150 Lecture

"A City for the Birds" with Dr. Rob Butler


Watch the webcast of the event on our Facebook page: ENVSFU.

July 1, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and what better way for a bird enthusiast to celebrate than to try to see 150 species within the city limits by that date? That works out to about a new species seen each day. This was the challenge ecologist Rob Butler set for himself as part of something much bigger - to make Vancouver a bird city.

Attracting birds into our cities make our lives healthier and happier. Birds are also big business - $41 billion annually in the US alone. Rob will describe how NGOs, the City of Vancouver and Park Board teamed up to produce a Bird Strategy that led to Bird Week and to hold the largest bird conference and festival the world has ever seen.

In 2018, the prestigious International Ornithological Congress and Vancouver International Bird Festival will take flight. From this once-in-a lifetime event will emerge new opportunities for Aboriginal tourism, conservation, and understanding between cultures. Birds are breaking down barriers and making our lives better.

How did Vancouver accomplish this feat and what can we learn from the experience? Join us to hear Dr. Rob Butler, Chair of the Vancouver International Bird Festival, tell the story.

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Room 1900
Simon Fraser University, 515 Hastings Street West

Brought to you by the Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Dr. Ingrid Leman Stefanovic.

Dr. Rob Butler, Ornithologist, Author, Artist

It is not overstating to say that Rob will amaze, astound and entertain you with his talk on the interactions with birds and the steps cities can take to bring birds closer to our lives. Rob serves as Chair of the Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee and Vancouver International Bird Festival.

Dr. Butler is an ornithologist, author, filmmaker and artist. He holds graduate degrees from Simon Fraser University (MSc) and the University of British Columbia (PhD). He spent 40 years mostly with the Canadian Wildlife Service as a biologist and then a scientist researching birds. His research career began with the social behaviour of crows followed by the ecology of great blue herons that led to the publishing of The Great Blue Heron (UBC Press) in 1997. He is a graduate and adjunct professor of Biological Sciences, and outstanding alumnus at Simon Fraser University. 



Celebrating sustainability throughout Canada, this series examines ecological conservation innovations through the lens of Canada’s 150-year anniversary.



Dr. Ingrid Leman Stefanovic is Dean of the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto. She has served as Executive Co-Director of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy; Senior Scholar at the Center for Humans and Nature, Chicago and New York; and Academic Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, Virginia. Her teaching and research centers on how values and perceptions affect public policy, planning and environmental decision-making. Recent books include Safeguarding Our Common Future: Rethinking Sustainable Development and The Natural City: Re-Envisioning the Built Environment.